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Marianne-Agnès Pillement, also known as dame de Fauques or Mademoiselle de Fauques, was born in Avignon, in southern France. In her youth, her family sent her to a convent to become a nun despite her opposition. After 10 years, she succeeded in getting her religious vows annulled. She then moved to Paris, where she supported herself by her writing. She established her career with three exotic novels, Le Triomphe de l’amitie (The Triumph of Friendship, 1751), Abbassai (1753), and Contes du serail (Tales from the Harem, 1753). Her other works included Prejudices Defied: Prejudices Sustained (1755), La dernière guerre des bêtes (The Animals’ Last War, 1758), and The Danger of Prejudices, or The Memoirs of Mademoiselle d’Oran (1774). Madamoiselle de Fauques also wrote biographies, including Frederick the Great at the Temple of Immortality (1758) and The Story of Madame de Pompadour (1759). Her final published work was Entertaining Dialogues (1777), which was published posthumously.
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